“It would be so hard to communicate with other musicians during soundcheck,” Sun, a guitarist, said. “I’d say, ‘Oh, your guitars should feel fatter,’ and it wouldn’t make any sense.”
Over time, and thanks in part to her music classes at UVA, Sun has learned how to talk to other musicians about music. What she’s learned in her computer science classes helped her program MIDI drums to demonstrate the different parts of the Amen break in her podcast. She imagines the podcast as a “companion” for budding musicians and music enthusiasts. And she plans to continue the podcast once the course ends.
WTJU General Manager Nathan Moore has taught the J-term podcasting class for five years. In about two weeks, students (who often have little experience with podcasting) write, record and edit their own podcasts. Moore just asks that the podcasts be about music or include music as part of the storytelling. In the past, students’ projects have ranged from a fictional audio drama to a feature about the best basketball player to never make it to the NBA.